Archive | June, 2020

The YRDSB wants your input.

30 Jun

Dear Brownridge Families,

The Ministry of Education has instructed Ontario school boards to prepare for the 2020/2021 academic school year by developing plans to support the following scenarios:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
  2. Modified school day routine – Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, a limit of 15 students would be maintained in a typical classroom at one time.
  3. At-home learning – Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, remote education will be available. 

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) would like your feedback, which will be used alongside recommendations from our Public Health Agencies, the Ministry of Education, and Regional and Provincial agencies to inform learning plans for the 2020/2021 academic year.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. No information you provide will identify you or your children. Please skip any questions you do not want to answer.

If you experience any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please contact the Research Department by sending an email to research.services@yrdsb.

The YRDSB family survey can be found at: https://bit.ly/YRDSB2020Family

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WELL BEING MATTERS- SUPPORTS DURING THE SUMMER

25 Jun

A few words from the staff at Brownridge for our grade 8 graduates.

24 Jun

Grade 8’s, we will miss you. Thank you for the memories, the learning opportunities and for being awesome. Wishing you a safe and wonderful summer. Good luck next year in high school and remember to come back and visit.

Click here to watch a video from the Brownridge Staff.

Online Summer Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

24 Jun

With the cancellation of many in-person programs and camps this summer, we are happy to provide you with a list of on-line opportunities for your children and youth. These are being provided by several of our YRDSB community partner organizations. Please right click on the link below to find a list of summer programs organized by category and age group.

Summer 2020 Online Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

For information that you might require throughout the summer months, about community resources, financial benefits, food programs and mental health supports, please take the Novel Coronavirus Update link on the YRDSB website to access additional and up to date information.

Please check these links regularly as we will be making weekly updates to available programs and resources. For more information, you can also reach our department by emailing iscs@yrdsb.ca

A Message from Vaughan Public Libraries

24 Jun

Our branches may be closed, but our collections and digital collections are still here for you and your students! Curbside pickup of materials is available at our three resource libraries, with expansion to more locations coming this summer.  Submit your request at any time using this online form.  Any items that you borrow can be kept fine-free until further notice.

Vaughan Public Libraries is your students’ virtual destination for Summer Learning and Fun! 

Children

Summer Reading Club June 20th to August 23rd students are encouraged to read and earn virtual badges in VPL’s TD Summer Reading Club.  When families report on their child’s reading, their child is entered in a draw for a weekly prize!  Each week there will be new English and French activities released.  Many of these activities encourage children to unplug from their devices and engage in hands-on, screen-free activities.

VPL at Home Children’s Page is where you will find many videos and activities for children including our popular STEAM videos and Kids’ Book Club.

Teens

VPL@Home Teen Page Find information on organizations looking for volunteers, Digital Escape rooms and more.

Teen Summer Challenge June 26th – August 21st is open to teens who have just completed grade 7 up to age 18. Library staff have created engaging virtual challenges that teens complete to earn ballots towards weekly prizes and an amazing grand prize draw.

Dungeons and Dragons @ the (virtual) library on Saturdays. Do you know anyone who loves acting and or roll play games? How about creative writing? VPL will be hosting bi-weekly home brew DnD challenges all summer long; one for 15-18 year-olds and one for 12-14 year-olds. Click the age group for more information and to reserve your spot.

Teen ELL Café Tuesdays at 6:45pm – 7:45pm Do you know a teen who is looking to improve their English Conversation skills and make some new friends? We’ll introduce a fun activity and then participants will meet in monitored breakout rooms to practice with the help of a teen volunteer.

Teen French Café Tuesdays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Practice French with other Teens on Zoom. Led by a VPL French Specialist.

Check the VPL Program Page for information on technology programs, comic workshops and much more that might be of interest throughout the summer.

Reminder:

Vaughan Public Libraries will accept Science Fair entries until June 30th. The Theme is Staying Happy and Healthy @ Home.

Info to know from Brownridge…

23 Jun

Good morning Brownridge, here is some info to know:

  1. Wednesday, June 24 is another spirit day. It is PARTY DAY!!! Dress for a party… include balloons, streamers, a party hat or anything you feel is in the spirit of having a party! Send photos to brownridge.ps@yrdsb.ca
  2. Friday, June 26 is the last day of school. Google Classrooms will not be available after June 26 as they will not be utilized over the summer.
  3. On Wednesday, June 24, grade 8 students are invited to a Google Meet with Brownridge staff as we wish them well and provide a heart-felt send off for them. Grade 8 students can find the link to the Google Meet on their teacher’s Google Classroom on Wednesday morning.
  4. The YRDSB will be making report cards available to you through email this week. If you have any questions about report cards please reach out to your child’s teacher or myself.
  5. Here are some of the videos from Brownridge staff that were created to continue our goal of making students feel like they belong and matter at Brownridge! Please find the links here: Volunteer Appreciationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXBnmamvBU0, Full House Quarantine Parody Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVSRJrkWBpY, We Miss You, Brownridge Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i50TGjXC7k&t=1s

Have a wonderful day!

Hey Grade 8’s at Brownridge…we have something special for you!

21 Jun

Hey Brownridge PS. Grade 8 Students!

Can you believe there is only one more week of the 2019-2020 school year?  Usually we have a ‘clap out’ for you on the last day of school, but since we can’t do that this year – we have a different plan. Join Brownridge staff on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm for a virtual Celebration of Grade 8’s. We have some great stuff planned. Wear your BEAR WEAR or blue and white. You will find the link to the Google Meet on your teacher’s Google Classroom on Wednesday morning. CONGRATS GRADS!

Grade 8’s – Feel free to come and take your picture with our Graduation Banner outside the front of the school!

Happy Father’s Day from Brownridge

21 Jun

To all of the fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and father figures, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day from Brownridge!

International and Indigenous Languages- Fall Registration

20 Jun

Elementary School Programs– Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 can learn to read, write and speak a new language or maintain their heritage language. More than 20 different language courses are available. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in early July 2020. For locations, times and dates, please see the list of Elementary courses.

Research shows that speaking more than one language has many cognitive benefits and may:
· improve how the brain functions such as improving memory and concentration
· enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills
· open future employment opportunities.

Please check the YRDSB website in July for the most up to date information on registration and program delivery. Due to space limitations, registration will take place on a first come first served basis.

Secondary School Credit Programs– The Credit International and Indigenous Languages program, offering 15 different languages, is available to students from Grades 9 to 12. Registration is now open for the upcoming 2020-2021 school course offerings, and closes on September 9, 2020.

Did you know there are many benefits to taking credit language courses? Students can take one International Languages Course as a Group 1- Compulsory or as an Elective Credit towards their Ontario Secondary Diploma. Students can also earn up to three credits towards graduation. If students successfully complete the Level D – University course, it can be used as one of their top six (6) marks for post-secondary entry. Please visit the YRDSB website for more information about our courses, program delivery and registration information.

Thank you for your interest in our programs. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions international.languages@yrdsb.ca

To our Brownridge volunteers…you are appreciated!

16 Jun

Volunteers are individuals who make a difference for others. They give, they help and they have impact. In other words, they are HEROES! To all of the volunteers who give us their time and their hearts to support students, staff and programs at Brownridge PS., thank you for all you do! We could not do it without you. Click YOU ARE APPRECIATED for a video presentation created by Ms. Braiantsis, Ms. Large and the Brownridge staff!!!